The most practical Brazilian team, which takes advantage of their opportunities while safeguarding their goal, was awarded on Sunday the Copa America with a 3–1 victory against a worthy Peruvian ensemble that after reaching their first in the end in 44 years, he lost a victim of individual errors.
With good players, but no stars, Brazil has gotten where it wanted to be. He once again feels like champion and is able to regain the attention of a hobby that, except in the stadiums where he played, has looked out at canarinha, tired of disappointments.
With Tite on the bench and no Neymar on the field, the ‘cute jogo’ is a memory of romantics. Casemiro is his emblem player – with him on the field he has never lost Tite – and the collective sense is imposed on the ‘ginga’.
A little Coutinho, too intermittent, some gesture of Gabriel Jesus and the races of Everton ‘Cebolinha’, become the hero of the hobby, are all the joys that this Canarinha is allowed.
Peru, on the contrary, still believes in possession and, therefore, in the Maracana, in its first final in almost half a century, went out looking for the rival and played during the first quarter of an hour in the opposite field.
His bravery, however, also has some innocence in the face of a team that has made effectiveness his weapon.
So two individual mistakes were enough for the final to be put uphill.
A defensive slob of Luis Advíncula gave the hosts the first goal to the quarter of an hour, – by taking Everton a Gabriel Jesus pass- and a slip by Carlos Zambrano, in the added third minute, undid the tie he believed he had in his possession before the Rest.
Two point failures that buried a good job, with which the Whitener had managed to draw in the final stretch of the first half, after a play by the right wing of the area that cut with the arm Thiago Silva.
The penalty, kicked by Paolo Guerrero, brought the Peruvian gunner to three goals from the all-time Cup record – with 14-3 Zizinho and Tucho Méndez – and made him the first to beat Alisson throughout the tournament.
Despite the mood to fit a goal just before the interval, Peru checked that it was not inferior, went for the tie in the second half and came across a new favorable situation in the 70th minute, when Gabriel Jesus won the second yellow , for answering with a hard entrance another that had made him prostrate in the band seconds earlier.
With one down, Tite removed Coutinho and made his debut for new Madrid central Eder Militao. Quite a statement of intent.
Peru, who scared off from outside the Edison Flores area, wanted to play more direct.
Ricardo Gareca sent the camp all the arsenal he had on the bench (Raúl Ruidíaz, Christofer Gonzalez and Andy Polo), but the Blanquirroja lost the center of the field.
And Brazil knew how to survive until a new ‘Cebolinha’ intern, hampered within the area by Carlos Zambrano, became a penalty that Richarlison scored. To give Brazil its ninth America’s Cup, to hold its record as host and return it to the top of the continent.